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As BOJ Holdings Surpass ¥100 Trillion, It Gets An Ultimatum: "Stop Being Independent Or Lose Your Independence"

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2013, which is still a week away, is already off to a 'crazy pills' bang. Because while the bulk of the politipunditry is shocked, shocked, that it was dead wrong about the Cliff outcome which is now set to ram the country front and center on January 1, the most amusement appears to be emanating from the land of the rising sun, where the brand new PM just issued an ultimatum to the central bank, which can be summarized as follows: stop being independent, or we will change the laws and take away your independence.

This is merely the latest attempt by a government - which obviously knows better than the collective known as the market (or was the market before central-banks decided to make a mockery of the term) to define both fiscal and monetary policy, the way Goldman Sachs has been able to do for decades in the US, Europe, and now UK.

What, however, guarantees the fun factor this time is that Abe, as the FT summarizes, already had a stint in control back in 2006-2007 which "ended amid ill health, scandal and policy failure." Specifically, it ended in a bout of explosive diarrhea as we reported previously (no seriously) which was the scapegoat to "justify" Abe's early retirement. So where Abe failed, with limited intervention, he will now succeed with virtually unlimited control over both the fiscal and monetary apparatus. One can now see where the amusement possibilities are virtually unlimited.

From the FT:

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime-minister-in-waiting, has threatened to revise the law governing the Bank of Japan if it refuses to introduce a 2 per cent inflation target at its January policy meeting.

 

It marks the most explicit challenge yet from Mr Abe to the independence the central bank has enjoyed since 1998 in setting monetary policy.

 

In an appearance on Fuji TV on Sunday, Mr Abe, who this week is set to become Japan’s seventh prime minister in just over six years, said a new approach was essential to defeating the deflation dogging the economy.

 

“It has to be different from the traditional methods – the traditional methods have not been able to defeat deflation for more than a decade. That’s no good,” he said.

 

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At a monetary policy meeting last week, the BoJ board announced an expansion of its current asset buying programme but stopped short of bowing to Mr Abe’s target demand, saying only that it would discuss the issue at its next gathering, in late January. 

 

“If, regrettably, that does not happen, then we will revise the BoJ law and put together an inflation targeting accord [between the government and central bank],” Mr Abe said on Sunday.

 

As well as adopting the new inflation target, the BoJ should also take on responsibility for promoting employment, he said.

In fact, it would be best if the BOJ simply starts doing everything that the Japanese government had been trying to do for the past 30 years and failing. That way Abe can avoid using diarrhea as an alibi in 2014 when his latest bout of policies are confirmed to be even more catastrophic than before.

Yet the main reason for this ridiculous approach to openly sequestering the central bank's "independence" which was never there to begin with, is because Japan is merely jumping on the same bandwagon that the US, Europe and soon, the BOE are on: the bandwagon that demands unlimited easing until a given economic goal is reached.

Sadly, the paradox is that it is precisely the central banks' interventions that make achievement of such goals impossible, but that is a topic for a different post.

For now, all that needs to be pointed out is that the BOJ is about to lose any last trace of independence just as its balance sheet surpasses JPY100 trillion, just as total Japanese debt surpasses JPY1 quadrillion. From Bloomberg:

The Bank of Japan’s holdings of the government’s bonds exceeded 100 trillion yen ($1.2 trillion) for the first time, raising the risk that yields will jump on perceptions that it is financing public spending.

 

The central bank held 104.9 trillion yen of the debt at the end of September, 11.1 percent of all government bonds, a quarterly central bank report showed today in Tokyo. The BOJ said it was the highest on record. Bond holdings by foreign investors rose to a record 9.1 percent.

This is just as the BOJ launches QE10 (which resulted in a USDJPY drop immediately) which added another JPY10 trillion to the total asset purchases, two months after a failed QE9 and three months after a failed QE8. Because everyone knows that the 11th time will be the charm.

More importantly, total Japanese public debt is now over JPY1 quadrillion.

Most importantly, the Japanese government is about to force the BOJ into overdrive at a time when even the tiniest increase in public funding costs, courtesy of total debt/GDP which in one year will surpass 250%, will mean every incremental Yen of government revenues will go to paying down nothing but interest on the debt.

So while Japan appears to finally be on the verge of that bond funding crisis it has been able to offset for nearly three decades, at least the Yen will plunge. Sounds like a fair tradeoff.

We, for one, can wait to write about Abe's -2% deflationary "target" when Japanese inflation is in the double, triple or much more, digits.

Yep: 2013 is shaping up to be a most amusing year.

 

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Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:33 | 3091468 francis_sawyer
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Can they manage to pull this kind of paper ponzi in the US for another 20 years???... Can they really???

~~~

I mean, consider... 20 years ago ~ Rodney King was geting the shit beat out of him & Monica Lewinsky's dress was 5 was away from Mitch 'Bubba' Cumstein's target practice...

His inspiration came a full 10 years before that...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc-P8oDuS0Q

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:38 | 3091480 Azannoth
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2013 is goint to be the Year the S.H.T.F, Japan? Greece? Spain? US? Iran War? .. take your pick 1 domino is enough

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:41 | 3091490 francis_sawyer
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Suspension of DIS BE LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE... [deep breath] EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE... [another deep breath] EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE - [cough] E [cough] EEIF....

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:16 | 3091625 Popo
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2010 is going to be the year when TSHTF (It can't possibly go on for longer)

2011 is going to be the year when TSHTF (It can't possibly go on for longer)

2012 is going to be the year when TSHTF (It can't possibly go on for longer)

2013 is going to be the year when TSHTF (It can't possibly go on for longer)

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:09 | 3091690 Manthong
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It will be a hoot when the ass-clowns that run fiscal policy and the capital markets discover that the masses, who are now deprived of an opportunity to have fiat savings earn an honest buck through interest are on to the scam..  and as they yank their accumulations (which are the only real capital basis) away from the system and engage in alternate accumulation and exchange methods, how quickly and massively they will get their coveted inflation back.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:47 | 3092079 Mentaliusanything
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Add to that, as the Yen depreciates quicker than a icecream in a desert wind storm, you have a country running a large and getting larger trade deficit. prices for fuel and energy will rise at alarming rates along with food imported because Japan irradiated a large part of it food bowl. I give you the Land of the setting Sun:

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:08 | 3091532 Peter Pan
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Gold raincoats with a silver lining are reommended for when the diarrhea hits the fan. The recent take down is as powerful a sign of manipulation as there has ever been and those with spare cash who hesitate to buy will find themselves in deep diarrhea.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:08 | 3091618 Water Is Wet
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The boogieman is always just around the corner.  Yawn.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:41 | 3091491 Eireann go Brach
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Kyle Bass will be proved right once again and Japan will blow itself up in 2-3 years, yet the same fucking idiots who call themselves financial experts are snickering again on CNBC at the predictions of Bass and Schiff et al!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:08 | 3091534 centerline
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Doubt it.  But it won't stop them from trying.  I suppose it all comes down to how well they can manage the dislocations right up to the point that something unexpected breaks.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:32 | 3091565 Silver Bully
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"Can they manage to pull this kind of paper ponzi in the US for another 20 years???... Can they really???"

Is it possible? Certainly. What I want to know is . . .how far can Japan take this?

Does anyone have any kind of realistic time line for when this type of easing goes boom? Really.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:01 | 3091682 Salon
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When the people of Japan collectively realize what we know, that there are too many paper promises and not enough real economic output to service all those promises.

This requires a fundamental shift in philosophy. Everything these people believed in will turn out to be false. No one wants to face that, so even as the population become aware they will continue to resist change as a whole.

I bet only 10 percent make it through with their assets and standard of living intact.

Japan will take another ten to 20 years to collapse.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:29 | 3091709 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Kyle reminds us that it could be very sudden. Mexico said "We won't! No chance! Never!" then the next day they devalued by 60%

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:32 | 3091471 I am Jobe
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Wow, Bendonkey and gang are now jealous. Time to hang the sheeples and they will. More phones and crap being thrown at the inbred fucks of the USSA>

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:38 | 3091482 shovelhead
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Japan, as a nation, will soon be the subject of an attack of explosive diarrhea.

Think it's contagious?

We'll see.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:41 | 3091492 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Great, that's all we need. Explosive radioactive diarrhea.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:54 | 3091511 Thomas
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But that's OK because they owe it to themselves (and you can't eat it.)

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:02 | 3091526 jannewmx
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Japanese scat porn says they will indeed eat it when push comes to shove.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:34 | 3091719 malikai
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One of the symptoms of late stage acute radiation sickness is the loss of the lining of the intestines.

You literally shit your guts out.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:12 | 3091538 Peter Pan
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Is that a glow in your pants or are you just unhappy to see me?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:42 | 3091487 LeisureSmith
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Hmm..The Bank of Japan’s holdings of the government’s bonds exceeded 100 trillion yen ($1.2 trillion) for the first time, raising the risk that yields will jump on perceptions that it is financing public spending. Perseptions?

If you get your face ripped off and no one is there to percieve it, did you really loose face?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:41 | 3091489 sablya
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Well, boys, this looks like the end of the beginning of the beginning of the end.  Who is going to buy Japanese debt at 0.767% (10 year) if inflation is at 2%/year?  Not even a loyal Japanese citizen.  And if interest rates are forced to rise to become attractive, how is the Japanese government going to pay the interest on their debt?  Only by inflating more rapidly.  And with inflation at 5%, how much higher will interest rates have to go?  

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:17 | 3091553 DR
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Japan is goin print...that is all they can do.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 07:19 | 3092482 Kiwi Pete
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Yep, this is what Kyle Bass was saying. Why you can't inflate your way out of excess debt. Anyone dumb enough to try it will end up defaulting quick smart as interest rates rocket. Checkmate Abe!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:44 | 3091497 q99x2
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Japanese Abe will not beat Bernanke to be the first person to end the world. Physcal cliff or not my money's on Bernanke's printing technology and market manipulation techniques.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:50 | 3091505 tooriskytoinvest
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Global Economy Facing Serious Danger As The Third Largest National Economy Is Now Very Likely Going To Plunge Into Oblivion And This Time Is Different

http://investmentwatchblog.com/global-economy-facing-serious-danger-as-the-third-largest-national-economy-is-now-very-likely-going-to-plunge-into-oblivion-and-this-time-is-different/

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:53 | 3091507 Pretorian
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Kyle Bass is maybe wrong on Japan. He is betting 3 years in a row on Japanese chaos and keep going on without results . Lets wait few more decades and see if he is right.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:56 | 3091515 Thomas
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I put my money on Kyle. As to timing, I don't put any stock in claims of "when". With that said, if I don't have the train schedule, I stay off the tracks. Another metaphor: getting hit by the cluster truck.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:54 | 3091512 agent default
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The funny thing with these policies is that you don't see inflation at first, but once it starts it will go to 20% a month easily.  And there will be no way to contain it.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:57 | 3091519 Ricky Bobby
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I believe I understand how they think. If you drop the 10 year interest rate to one millionth of a percent .0000001 then interest on a trillion is only 100,000 per anum. They can drive the 0 bound to infinity so nothing to worry about. Cause theoretically there is no end to lowering interest rates. There is no limit Bitchez!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:36 | 3091572 hooligan2009
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the europeans are already dabbling more and more in negative interest rates for government bonds for up to 2-5 years (in switzerland). 

almost all government bonds yield negative returns in real terms of around 1-3% per annum.

easier to reduce government debt if you made the coupon say, -3%!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:47 | 3091743 SeattleBruce
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"There is no limit Bitchez!"

Until there's no one to buy the bonds, and they can't restrain real prices any longer.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:59 | 3091522 fonzannoon
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Did Bass make his bets through CDS contracts? who wrote the swaps? I would love to know what bank has to make good on it.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:23 | 3091557 DR
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A TBTF bank meaning the US taxpayer is on the otherside of any bet.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:49 | 3091745 SeattleBruce
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Meaning the productive will be forced to keep bailing out the unproductive.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:00 | 3091524 I am Jobe
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Sheeples thinking the idiots they put in office will solve the problems, shows the ignorance and stupidity.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:06 | 3091527 Bogdog
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Japan is fooked. There's no way this ends well. There's no way to unwind from where they are without death/destruction/collapse. Pick two.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:56 | 3091603 Seasmoke
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destruction and collapse.......most will just wish they were dead

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 18:39 | 3091856 falak pema
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pick two : Ben & bernanke (sorry Jerry wasn't available).

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:04 | 3091528 Atomizer
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2013 Q1 or mid Q2. Enjoy my humor..

 

Wankers’ within the membership coat riders are getting a wee pissed off. Contractual agreements have been changed, new monthly country club spending targets have been raised. Failure to comply will result in a 25% surcharge in not meeting your minimum spending obligation. Three consecutive months of contractual breach will land an appearance in front of our collective board of non-compliance fee collection committee .

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:33 | 3091653 Angus McHugepenis
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Ha!... that reminds me of my buddy back in the late 90's. He and his wife (her legal name was Yes Dear) had a membership at a posh golf club. They were required to spend a minimum at the club each month or they would simply be billed for it whether they used it or not.

I fucking hate golf (sorry Knukles) but I sure was eager to sample the excellent quisine at the club on my buddy's tab... since he had to pay for it anyway.

Golf Club Welfare... I'm Lov'in It!

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:09 | 3091536 JackT
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Bass..etc. don't account for the fact that everyone is all in, and no one is willing to be the first to reach for they money back due to the threat of civil unrest and world war.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:18 | 3091545 ramacers
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this is all one big global crack trip.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:21 | 3091556 hooligan2009
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can you please explain to me what would happen if central banks simply cancelled the Government debt that they own? The debt has already been monetized (money injected into private sector in exchange for government debt) and represents a book entry if looked at from the perspective of the national accounts. Central bank purchases of debt (with a coupon) are merely an exchange for banknotes (without a coupon). I can see how this would be problematic in Euroland, but why does the acknowledgement of the truth of a book-keeping entry for Japan, the US and the UK result in such an issue?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:40 | 3091582 Clint Liquor
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What a brillant idea! Just declare all US Treasury Notes, unredeemable. I'm sure no one holding them will mind.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:33 | 3091654 hooligan2009
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I meant only those notes held at the Fed

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:16 | 3091696 Salon
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Long story short, it would lead to loss of confidence in the dollar.

However the Fed has effectively cancelled the debt it owns anyway.

If the Fed never sells that debt back into the market it is just a book entry gimmick that functions the same as officially canceling the debt.

There will never be a wind down of these asset purchases.

So this way you have your debt cancellation without making it obvious.

And bernank hopes slow inflation cancels a lot of the debt paper remaining in private hands.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:17 | 3091778 Poor Grogman
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The global central banking cartel , might just decide to let Japan go Weimar as a warning to other countries not to meddle with C/B " independence".

Also if the Yen is destroyed, then the USD will be used as a replacement in Japan, this would give the Fed an even bigger demand for it's main export product.

The USD would thus score a fairly major point, in the battle for global hegemony.

Just might happen, after all...

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:05 | 3091685 formadesika3
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My take on that is that it would reduce the total gummint debt from a bookkeeping standpoint. But it would also send a signal that the Fed and the gummint were throwing off all restraints to reducing federal deficits.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:34 | 3091702 Salon
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If the Fed never winds down those asset purchases it is the same as debt cancellation.

Better to do it Bernanke's way, by stealth.

Fed will never sell a meaningful amount of assets it has purchased, but it has fooled people into thinking it will.

That debt was "functionally" cancelled as soon as Ben bought it, because he knows he will never sell it.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:41 | 3091731 rwe2late
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I don't think it is quite the same as cancelling or repudiating the debt/assets.

the TBTF banks were given (still functional) fiat dollars for their  "assets".

if any of the assets eventually are found to have any value, they can still be sold back to the TBTFs at garage sale price for further TBTF profit.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:26 | 3091785 formadesika3
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You may have a point. It seems it would give the Fed more leeway to funnel profits back to the TBTF banks resulting again in screwing the public.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:06 | 3091769 formadesika3
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@ Salon

Agreed.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:38 | 3091799 Catullus
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Because the fiat game is held up by confidence. Not necessarily in the dollar itself, but that the Fed has some sort of limit. That it creates an imaginary line in the sand. Monetizing government debt is a pretty flagrant thing to do. But even Bernanke Just said that what they're doing is not monetization because they intend to sell the bonds back. That's bullshit. But it's notable that they think it necessary to deny it.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 09:49 | 3092593 MyBrothersKeeper
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The Yen would have no value and nobody would trade with Japan. Eventually they would have no access to the world markets or credit or foeiegn investment. Hyperinflation would ensue. Repression of polulace would only exacerbate until they have a full blown revolution. World gdp would get dragged down as well. That's my understanding but i'm sure others can offer more clarity.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:35 | 3091569 q99x2
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Mauldin has a decent article on Gold as Insurance against Central Banksters.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 14:37 | 3091573 Atomizer
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http://www.zerohedge.com/article/day-yen-carry-trade-died

 

With Hillary out of the picture, John Kerry will be eventually flown into Japan as a US Financial Aid deal breaker. Start with page 170.

John Kerry: Mister President, my wife gave me two ketchup packets to spread on my penis during the photo op. I’ll make sure to tell the media that we broke a cherry in new popular bi partisan relations.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:05 | 3091615 A Lunatic
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The only difference between bending over and a bow is perspective.........

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:24 | 3091639 Angus McHugepenis
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Perspective can be confused with an invitation during each of those processes.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:22 | 3091633 tedstr
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Looks like Japan will be the Canary in the coal mine.  this oughtta be good.  Somebody pass the peanuts please

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 15:35 | 3091658 TumblingDice
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Inflation is probably the most tragically misused word in language today.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:39 | 3091727 Caviar Emptor
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Japan is only a bit further down the same railroad tracks the EU, UK and USA are already on. Abe has now officially endorsed biflation: while the domestic economy continues to deflate in Japan (employment, income, net worth, corporate margins and revenues, investment) the proposal is to raise inflation targets (to make all cost inputs rise as consumers and businesses retrench). Look out for those popping bubbles

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:44 | 3091729 Monedas
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I was having a nice game of shuffle board .... until the Titanic went "tits up" !  I have no idea what you fucks are talking about !

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 16:54 | 3091750 Angus McHugepenis
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Monedas, might I remind you to use your Comedy Jihad tag line during your posts. Otherwise I will think somebody has hacked your account. You've been negligent in properly identifying yourself these days. WTF?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 18:54 | 3091865 Monedas
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They might forget to laugh if I don't tell 'em ? Thanks a lot, McHugeprick !   I'm just a simple hoarder in a calculus class ?  I've taken calculust three times .... and never finished .... so I took up hoarding !      Monedas    1929      Comedy Jihad Fakin' It With The Big Players Waitin' For The End Of My World As You Know It Ernest World Tour 

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 22:22 | 3092145 Angus McHugepenis
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I feel much better now. I'm going to trademark "McHugeprick". Keep up your lovable, twisted humor my friend Monedas.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:00 | 3091757 Money_for_Nothing
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The current system will bump along until the powers-that-be lose control of the police, military, and the food supply. That would be pretty much one event. No one knows when that will happen. Just that we are getting closer.

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:05 | 3091768 falak pema
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so which is the worst CB ?

FED, ECB, BOJ or BOE? 

100 trillion, like 15 tons, what do you get; another day of can kicking...

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 19:25 | 3091899 BigInJapan
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These fucking commies are set to go full retard.
Apparently 99% retard isn't enough.
Watch and LEARN.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 01:27 | 3092360 dunce
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An unbreakable rule of management is that responsibility must always be accompanied with authority. I  suspect cental banks were, or the fed if you will, were designed to shift accountability away from politicians. Politicians taking complete and open control could expose their machinations. Pay no attention to the men behind the curtain.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 07:36 | 3092489 Kiwi Pete
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Here's a cool graphic of a cube of one quadrillion (a thousand trillion) pennies:

 

http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/seventeen.asp

 

It weighs in at 3 billion tons and dwarves the Empire State Building.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 09:38 | 3092578 MyBrothersKeeper
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This is the key statement: "Most importantly, the Japanese government is about to force the BOJ into overdrive at a time when even the tiniest increase in public funding costs, courtesy of total debt/GDP which in one year will surpass 250%, will mean every incremental Yen of government revenues will go to paying down nothing but interest on the debt."

As Kyle Bass states "they don't even understand what they wish for".  Hyperinflation is coming and they have no way of stopping it as any raise in rates will put Japan closer to having 100% of revenue's to pay debt interest....which they are already scheduled to be in the next 4-6 qtrs not years.  Once that happens it will be massive deleveraging/restructuring of debt or default. They now spend 67% of all revenue on debt interest.  By contrast the US spends about 10% of all revenue on debt interest.

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 15:01 | 3093432 Radical Marijuana
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I enjoyed your macabre sense of humour:

"... already off to a 'crazy pills' bang."

Here is a link to a Benjamin Fulford article:

http://lucas2012infos.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/benjamin-fulford-full-upd...

http://benjaminfulford.net/2012/12/24/the-new-world-order-has-been-defea...

Ben lives in Japan, and appears to have insight into the Japanese society. Of course, I have no way to even guess whether his insider information is correct. But nevertheless, I find it interesting to consider. Generally I find Benjamin Fulford to be too excited and optimistic, but still, that is entertaining. Generally speaking, I do NOT believe anybody knows what is going to really happen. By definition, their "reality" is ALWAYS relative illusions ... Sublimely, what "happens" is the on-going perfection of the Whole, which is unknowable.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!